Check Out Mike O’Meally's Two Art Shows to Benefit The FDNY
Last week, NYC was blessed with Mike O’Meally’s “The State Of Us”, a photo show which took place at the Soho Arts Club on the Bowery. The exhibition opened on September 11, with the main aim to raise money toward the FDNY’s Fire Family Transport Foundation. The turnout was a fantastic cross section, from 90s era New York through to the younger generation of today, like Glen E Friedman, Keith Hardy, and many ages in between. TL;DR: New York came through and showed the love.
O’Meally showcased some big prints shot on film of his non-skate images, from 20 years of traveling across America. The theme was deeply rooted in fire, water, NYC and American symbolism. Additionally, he also created a wall of 100+ Xerox printouts from his haunting collection of planes, birds, blimps, and helicopters that appear close to power lines & buildings—a self described “game” he invented to help cure his own PTSD from 9/11 by playing target practice with his camera. It was one of the most interesting aspects of the show and a great back drop for the “selfie” crowd.
The following night, O’Meally presented a slideshow at Max Fish called “The Day the Town Went Quiet”, which consisted of 100 or so unseen photos from NYC which he shot on 9/12/2001—the day after the Twin Towers fell. The photos depict Jeff Pang, Spencer Fujimoto, Todd Jordan, Sean Kelling, Eli Gesner, John Carter, Andy Henrie, Aaron Meza, and Giovanni Reda, who all met up that day in 2001 and skated around the city for a few hours. From Union Square to Grand Central, back down Broadway and over to the Westside Highway, the crew is seen weaving between police cars, fire engines, and emergency responders, state police and teen-aged National Guard soldiers. Set to the instrumental sounds of Nas’ track “New York State of Mind”, the slideshow represented a powerful yet positive reaction to a traumatic event—something that anyone would feel proud to witness.
All together, the two shows raised $1000, which will be donated to the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation. Check out what you missed at the gallery show in the slideshow above, and for more information or to make a donation, check out FDNY’s Fire Family Transport Foundation.
Images courtesy of BoyZ Bieber & JZ Radical
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